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Angle Queen 02-26-2013 01:52 PM

Opponent Complains....because you are "sick"?
 
OK, so I had the flu last week (along w/a nasty sinus infection). Both well-treated with tamiflu and antibiotics and full doses taken.

But I show up today to play in an in-house and admittedly "fun" (re: non-USTA) doubles league. My (very regular & kick-butt) partner also showed up to play...and, gosh, did we ever. Pro-set 10-4 W. NID

Afterwards, and maybe because we're all "friendly," one of our opponents breaks down, sobbing. Background issues aside, she openly complained about me showing up to play with a bunch of "germs."

Seriously? Other than touching the balls to serve to hit/toss them back over the net....I did nothing. Never touched the scorecard (which we never even used), wasn't "close" across the net from her and, afterwards, politely acknowledged the match but didn't shake hands.

Have any of you ever had cause to pause....because your opponent is or admitted to having been sick recently? Do you think you could get sick from merely playing a match against someone who had been ill?

OrangePower 02-26-2013 02:05 PM

I would imagine you could in theory catch something from a sick opponent, but I think it is far less likely than getting sick via a sick waiter, cashier, coworker, kid, classmate of kid, etc, etc.

So your opponent's reaction is way over the top IMO. Especially since some simple precautions would make the risk negligible (don't shake hands, don't touch face with hands, wash hands well after match).

Say Chi Sin Lo 02-26-2013 02:06 PM

Tell her to never ride in public transportation, get on an airplane, sit in a conference room then.

Because it's almost a certainty that at least one person will be sick in those scenarios, not to mention in a closed room.

Also, tell her to stop touching fruits too, there is an insane amount of germs on the skins/shells of fruits.

Then, tell her to use a brand new grip after each hitting session.

Lastly, tell her to stop breathing, because it's with certainty that there are viral particles in the air she's breathing. Whether or not she's immune to a particular flu strain is a different story, but she's literally inhaling these "germs" with each breath she takes.

TroutSc 02-26-2013 02:12 PM

was there really break down and sobbing? A sobbing over this would be lol.

i stick with the fist bump. it avoids the handshake and people generally accept the fist bump.

North 02-26-2013 02:28 PM

Is this person immunosuppressed for any reason? That is the only thing I can think of (and it is definitely a stretch) which would realistically cause that kind of upset reaction.

Cindysphinx 02-26-2013 02:32 PM


mikeler 02-26-2013 02:41 PM

I've played people before when I've been sick and vice versa. It never seems to get transmitted to/from my opponent.

Cindysphinx 02-26-2013 02:58 PM


dizzlmcwizzl 02-26-2013 03:06 PM

She obviously must be upset about these back ground issues.

No sane person would break down sobbing because a medicated sick person, touched a tennis ball she shared.

Say Chi Sin Lo 02-26-2013 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dizzlmcwizzl (Post 7238333)
She obviously must be upset about these back ground issues.

No sane person would break down sobbing because a medicated sick person, touched a tennis ball she shared.

You play tennis, you should know that more than half of tennis players are actually insane when they step onto the court.

dizzlmcwizzl 02-26-2013 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Say Chi Sin Lo (Post 7238348)
You play tennis, you should know that more than half of tennis players are actually insane when they step onto the court.

hold on ... I play mostly men's tennis with the occasional mixed thrown in. The insanity quotient, while still above the norm, is not as high for the boys as it is for female tennis players.

Say Chi Sin Lo 02-26-2013 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dizzlmcwizzl (Post 7238353)
hold on ... I play mostly men's tennis with the occasional mixed thrown in. The insanity quotient, while still above the norm, is not as high for the boys as it is for female tennis players.

So what you're saying is, the insanity quotient is inversely proportional to testosterone levels? Meanwhile, it is directly proportional to estrogen levels?

Overdrive 02-26-2013 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Angle Queen (Post 7238164)
OK, so I had the flu last week (along w/a nasty sinus infection). Both well-treated with tamiflu and antibiotics and full doses taken.

But I show up today to play in an in-house and admittedly "fun" (re: non-USTA) doubles league. My (very regular & kick-butt) partner also showed up to play...and, gosh, did we ever. Pro-set 10-4 W. NID

Afterwards, and maybe because we're all "friendly," one of our opponents breaks down, sobbing. Background issues aside, she openly complained about me showing up to play with a bunch of "germs."

Seriously? Other than touching the balls to serve to hit/toss them back over the net....I did nothing. Never touched the scorecard (which we never even used), wasn't "close" across the net from her and, afterwards, politely acknowledged the match but didn't shake hands.

Have any of you ever had cause to pause....because your opponent is or admitted to having been sick recently? Do you think you could get sick from merely playing a match against someone who had been ill?

Where does everyone meet all of these people? :confused:

Say Chi Sin Lo 02-26-2013 03:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Overdrive (Post 7238377)
Where does everyone meet all of these people? :confused:

Actually, I don't think this story is far from reality. There are a lot of crazies in tennis.

Overdrive 02-26-2013 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Say Chi Sin Lo (Post 7238383)
Actually, I don't think this story is far from reality. There are a lot of crazies in tennis.

I've seen them on the board but not in real life... maybe it's because I haven't played in any tournaments yet... :oops:

Cindysphinx 02-26-2013 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Overdrive (Post 7238464)
I've seen them on the board but not in real life... maybe it's because I haven't played in any tournaments yet... :oops:

Could it be that you're the crazy one?





:)

Overdrive 02-26-2013 04:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cindysphinx (Post 7238475)
Could it be that you're the crazy one?





:)

I know you are, but what am I?

:mrgreen:

floridatennisdude 02-26-2013 05:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Say Chi Sin Lo (Post 7238361)
So what you're saying is, the insanity quotient is inversely proportional to testosterone levels? Meanwhile, it is directly proportional to estrogen levels?

Sounds bout right. In most things.

Mike Y 02-26-2013 06:16 PM

Ok I can understand this behavior a little. I'm kind of a germophobe, and if I see someone coughing into their hand all match, I am not going to shake their hand after the match, I will just tell him that I don't want to get sick. I've done that a few times before. Also, if i am sick, or bleeding from my hand, which has happened a few times before from falling/diving, I won't shake my opponent's hand, and I will tell them why. I don't think this has been a big deal before for my opponents.

Which reminds me of a funny story. When I was first getting back into tennis several years ago, I played my very first Flex League match against an opponent that I didn't know at the time, and I didn't feel very well during the match. The next day, I still was not feeling well, so I went to the doctor. It turns out that I had strep throat, and I'm sure that I had it the night before during my match. So I sent an e-mail to this person who I only met the night before, saying that I just tested positive for strep throat, and it is likely that I had it and was contagious the previous night when we were playing tennis. So I told him that if he is showing any symptoms, that he should get himself checked out. That made me chuckle, lol.

Cindysphinx 02-26-2013 06:25 PM

If you see someone acting sick and don't want to shake hands, all you have to do is say you don't want to shake because you don't want to get anyone sick.

They will assume you are being wonderful for looking out for their health. Win win.


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